dif·​frac·​tom·​e·​ter di-ˌfrak-ˈtä-mə-tər How to pronounce diffractometer (audio)
: an instrument for analyzing the structure of a usually crystalline substance from the scattering pattern produced when a beam of radiation or particles (such as X-rays or neutrons) strikes it
diffractometric adjective
diffractometry noun

Examples of diffractometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Elizabeth Sooby, a nuclear materials physicist and assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, finally re-entered her lab after months away, the X-ray diffractometer was leaning ineffectually on its table. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, 8 June 2020

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Word History


diffract + -o- + -meter

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diffractometer was in 1909

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“Diffractometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diffractometer. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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